Multiple Sclerosis

Kenneth I. Pakenham

in The Oxford Handbook of Rehabilitation Psychology

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199733989
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Multiple Sclerosis


This chapter presents information on multiple sclerosis (MS) relevant to the psychologist's role in the care of persons with MS. Background information on the nature of MS, including prevalence, etiology, course, symptoms, and treatment is provided first. This is followed by a discussion of key issues related to cognitive impairment, mental health, and stress. Coping with MS is then discussed within a stress and coping framework, followed by a discussion of caregiving, and then a review of psychosocial interventions. Finally, future directions regarding psychological research and practice in MS are delineated.

Keywords: Multiple sclerosis; quality of life; rehabilitation; stress and coping; caregiving; cognitive impairment; depression; anxiety

Article.  17372 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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